Meaningful musical engagement : the potential impact of generative music systems on learning experiences

Hirche, Kathryn Lisa (2011) Meaningful musical engagement : the potential impact of generative music systems on learning experiences. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


In order to create music, the student must establish a relationship with the musical materials. In this thesis, I examine the capacity of a generative music system called jam2jam to offer individuals a virtual musical play-space to explore. I outline the development of an iteration of software development named jam2jam blue and the evolution of a games-like user interface in the research design that jointly revealed the nature of this musical exploration. The findings suggest that the jam2jam blue interface provided an expressive gestural instrument to jam and experience musicmaking. By using the computer as an instrument, participants in this study were given access to meaningful musical experiences in both solo and ensemble situations and the researcher is allowed a view of their development of a relationship with the musical materials from the perspective of the individual participants. Through an iterative software development methodology, pedagogy and experience design were created simultaneously. The research reveals the potential for the jam2jam software to be used as a reflective tool for feedback and assessment purposes. The power of access to ensemble music making is realised though the participants’ virtual experiences which are brought into their physical space by sharing their experience with others. It is suggested that this interaction creates an environment conducive to self-initiated learning in which music is the language of interaction. The research concludes that the development of a relationship between the explorer and the musical materials is subject to the collaborative nature of the interaction through which the music is experienced.

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ID Code: 52760
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Dillon, Steve
Keywords: musical engagement, meaning, jam2jam, jam2jam blue, music technology, network jamming, music education, collaboration, interaction
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > Music & Sound
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 25 Jul 2012 03:21
Last Modified: 31 May 2016 22:59

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